Starting a new job is a lot like scuba diving: you’re launching into an unfamiliar environment, curious about the mysteries in the watery depths below.
Furthermore, if you descend and resurface without proper technique, it presents short-term and long-term problems.
I’m speaking from experience: I’m a new hire myself. As the new Director of Content here at x.ai (hi!). I’m a bit biased, but thinking back on my first weeks in other environments, I’m immensely grateful I had an invisible agent tending to my schedule. Amy significantly helped me settle in and navigate my first week here.
Let’s dive into the reasons why.
Amy sets a manageable pace
Fail to check the current while scuba diving, and you run the risk of running out of strength to make it back to where you started. If you’re venturing to uncertain depths, you’d better plan to have enough stamina to go out and back.
The first week on a new job also requires planning and patience. Mapping out a healthy pace to absorb and acclimate is crucial to not being overwhelmed by the pressure.
Amy mitigates any sense of impending dread by making accustomization more gradual. Not only can team members easily integrate your involvement to important initial meetings, you can alert Amy to personal preferences in your day-to-day. Especially as a new hire, I value being able to set a buffer between meetings to review notes and collect my thoughts.
Amy introduces you to colleagues
Safe scuba dives are never 1-person expeditions. Experienced divers know to never dive alone and also build rapports with reliable onshore team members: technical instructors, vessel captains, equipment engineers.
So too should new employees cultivate relationships with their future collaborators, and Amy makes that much simpler.
She’s particularly adept with 1:1 meetings, sparing you awkward back-and-forth with new coworkers shouldering unknown workloads. More importantly, she lets you focus on the human element of your email (introducing yourself, sharing an initial observation, dreaming up future goals), which goes a long way toward making new faces more familiar.
Amy puts you on the precipice of a bright future
Resurfacing too rapidly while scuba diving can induce “The Bends,” scuba parlance for the potentially-fatal buildup of nitrogen in the bloodstream.
While most new jobs are not that dangerous, they’re still plenty intimidating. You’re a new spice sprinkled into discussions that have been marinating for weeks. You’re a new instrument in a 50-piece orchestra. Oh, and let’s not forget, you’ve got a Russian novel’s worth of paperwork you need to file.
Enough with the metaphors. The first week on any job is often a future indicator of what’s to come. As your week progresses and the shape of your future workload begins to surface, Amy becomes an invaluable planning tool.
Being able to put thoughts into action quickly and schedule follow-ups for next week or next month simplifies a new project’s rhythm and makes results seem more attainable.
Now that I’ve tested the waters with Amy. I can’t imagine diving back in without her.